Truckers discuss interstate bridge weight limits

Monongalia and Preston

Truck drivers and owners of trucking companies gathered Friday evening at the Bruceton Mills Fire Hall to discuss changes in bridge weight limits on the interstates.

Currently drivers said they are being pushed to use rural routes to haul their loads through small communities with two lane roads by Department of Transportation officers. Truckers also said the design of the interstate highways was intended for heavy military transports and they don’t know why their trucks of a maximum of 70,000 tons are not allowed to cross the interstate bridges.

Other states are allowing weights that exceed restrictions to travel interstates, except West Virginia. 

“The problems we’re facing is the weights we’re allowed to haul in our tri-axel dump trucks is different compared to what the weights are on the back roads, so to speak two lane blacktops, and we’re trying to get some laws changed to where we can haul the same amount of weight on the interstates which were meant for heavy hauling that we are on the back roads,” said Ron “Axel” Moore, owner of Axel Trucking.  

Terri Sypolt, local delegate, was in attendance listening to the concerns the drivers are facing. Sypolt hopes to set up a meeting with local senators.

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